The Basics on Austria

Below, we answer the FAQ on Austria's geography, climate, and culture.

Where is Austria?

Austria is located in the heart of Europe, bordering Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Italy. 

What Language is Spoken in Austria?

Austrians speak German, but with a twist. Austrian German is to Standard German what American English is to British English.

Some common phrases:

Grüß Gott! (Hello!)

Ich spreche Englisch. (I speak English.)

Danke! (Thanks!)

Bitte! (Please! You're Welcome!)


How Many Provinces Does Austria Have?

Austria has nine provinces. To learn more about a region, click on the map below!

Good To Know


Austria is part of the European Union and uses the Euro.


Travelers from Non-EU countries can get a VAT refund on unused items purchased in Austria. Souvenirs that cost over 75 Euros are eligible for the refund, just request a special receipt from the vendor and submit it at customs. For more details visit Global Blue.


Austria enjoys a temperate, continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summer gets up to 95F with an average of 68F. Winter drops down as far as -4F with an average of 32F.


Note that Austria is a majority Catholic country and that Sundays are observed as holidays. Most shops and some attractions will be closed!